Trending: Network Performance News This Week, January 3-9, 2016

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, January 09, 2016 with No comments

Kicking off the New Year in style, this week's roundup of telecom news is a two-part edition: first, a look at what some of the major communications service providers are saying about their 2015 achievements and 2016 goals, and second, a few highlights from the past week's communications technology news. Happy 2016!

Provider and Operator News

SK Telecom demos interworking between two IoT standards
At CES 2016, South Korea Telekom demoed interworking between OneM2M and Open Interconnect Consortium Internet of Things (IoT) standards--using technology from several vendors. RCR Wireless article

Donovan: AT&T Beating Moore's Law
Is it possible for mobile networks to meet or exceed Moore's Law improvements in performance? AT&T says it is doing just that, thanks to evolution from hardware to software and smarter capital planning. Light Reading article

Verizon follows AT&T and picks Ericsson LPWA software for IoT
Verizon has selected Ericsson's new cellular low-power wide area (LPWA) Networks Software 17A for large-scale IoT deployments using its existing LTE infrastructure. Fierce Wireless article

2016 Predictions: Vodafone expects big things from M2M
Vodafone's predicts Machine-to-Machine (M2M) will be a major force during 2016: the technology will move out of the back office, with deployments being more sophisticated and delivering greater ROI. RCR Wireless article.  

T-Mobile: LTE network expanded by 250% last year
T-Mobile boasts that its LTE network expanded almost 250% during 2015, mostly thanks to the 700 MHz block spectrum the carrier secured in 2014. Fierce Wireless article

Communications Technology News

WiFi HaLow: IoT's Low-Power Savior?
WiFi Alliance is touting WiFi HaLow (branding behind IEEE 802.11ah, operating in the 900 MHz band) as key to ensuring WiFi will be the go-to standard for IoT. InformationWeek article

Building on Carrier Ethernet to provide new service opportunities
MEF is encouraging operators to develop new services using Carrier Ethernet as a foundation. To do so, said Deutsche Telekom at GEN15, operators need software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and life cycle orchestration (LSO) for true end-to-end services. TelecomTV video.

The NFV Learning Curve
Like any new technology, NFV is not without a learning curve. For example, key to successful deployments is navigating hardware performance considerations linked to the introduction of virtual network functions (VNFs). Light Reading video

5G Faces Key Decisions in 2016
With a new year starting, it's time for the wireless industry to reach consensus on some key decisions regarding 5G, including air interface, frame structure, and numerology. Light Reading video.

Reader Forum: Can NFV be operationalized by 2018?
A Heavy Reading survey predicts that in 2018, 100 gigabits per second will be the dominant speed rate in core, metro, and access networks. Is NFV ready for the challenge of making this possible? RCR Wireless article